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MALSCE News - Summer 2013

Type:  Featured News  

MALSCE News and Upcoming Events

(from the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers)

Summer 2013


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Mass. Board of Registration Proposes Revisions to 250 CMR

-- Reminder: Written comments due July 25, 2013



The Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and of Land Surveyors is proposing updates to its regulations, which are found in Title 250 of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations ("250 CMR"). The Board's regulations set the standards for the practice of engineering and land surveying throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Several MALSCE members have submitted written comments about the proposed changes, which are due by July 25.  The Board of Registration is expected to review comments at its July 25 meeting. More:  http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/en/

Utility Location Challenges for Existing Conditions Surveys?

MALSCE needs your input by July 31






Several MALSCE members have expressed concern about delays in responses from utilities when working on existing conditions surveys for both public and private sector clients.  MALSCE has developed a questionnaire to learn more about the challenges Professional Land Surveyors members are facing in dealing with utilities. The results will help to guide MALSCE's advocacy on this issue, in cooperation with ACEC/MA.  Please respond by July 31:


Save the Date:

MALSCE Seminar: September 27, 2013

Evolution of the National Spatial Reference System &
Using and Understanding the On-line Positioning User Service (OPUS)


MALSCE Seminar:

Evolution of the National Spatial Reference System &
Using and Understanding the On-line Positioning User Service (OPUS)
Friday, September 27, 2013
8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration; 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Seminar
at Clark University MetroWest Campus

More:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=MAL_SEMINAR_092713

MALSCE Education Trust Scholarship Applications Due:  July 31, 2013

The MALSCE (Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers) Education Trust provides scholarships to Massachusetts residents enrolled in an accredited undergraduate land surveying, civil engineering or environmental engineering programs

More: http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm/cdid/10993/pid/10386

Proposed Amendments to Mass. Administration and Finance Fee Requirements for PE and PLS licenses

Separate from the proposed changes to 250 CMR, the Executive Office of Administration and Finance is proposing some fee increases for certain professional licenses, including Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors. 

Under this proposal, the original license fee and the biennial renewal fee for both PEs and PLSs would increase to $150

Proposed Fee schedule

Public hearing:  July 26

MassDOT Updates Prequalfication Categories

-- Adds Subsurface Utility Engineering, Value Engineering

Check the Prequalification Category Definitions on:


Wentworth Re-launching Full Surveying Certificate Program in Fall 2013 Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) is resuming its Professional Land Surveying Certificate program starting with courses in the Fall of 2013.

The Professional Land Surveying Certificate (PLS) at Wentworth Institute of Technology is intended for professionals currently working in the land surveying field, who are seeking to become a registered Professional Land Surveyor in Massachusetts. Learn field measurement, survey calculations, evidence gathering and assessment, boundary determination, publication and presentation of final survey results, and the applicability of emerging technologies.

More about the certificate program and schedule:

or 617-989-4300

Fall 2013 PLS and SIT Refresher Courses: October 12, 2013


MALSCE is offering our Fall 2013 exam refresher courses at The Engineering Center in Boston on October 12, 2013.

Registration opens soon; Advance registration required.

More on PLS Course:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=PLS_FALL13

More on SIT course:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=SIT_FALL13

Surveyors Rendezvous 2013

Old City Philadelphia, PA

August 28-31, 2013.

Our colleagues in Pennsylvania want you to know about Surveyors Rendezvous 2013, which will be held in and around Old City Philadelphia, PA, on the four days before Labor Day, August 28-31, 2013.

The Rendezvous' opening event, 'Welcome Weary Travelers' on Wednesday August 28, has been re-scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm, not 2 pm as previously published. This may affect travel and arrival plans.

More:  http://www.surveyorsrendezvous.org

University of Maine Surveying Engineering Technology News for Spring 2013

See the Spring 2013 Surveying Engineering Technology News from

the University of Maine - the only 4-year Surveying Program in New England.


Trig-Star for 2013-14:  Visit Your Local High School

MALSCE's Trig-Star Chair, Don Poole, will help you bring Trig-Star and more information about land surveying careers to a high school near you:  http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10512&pid=10386

Subscribe to NSPS News and Views - a weekly E-news bulletin

Subscribe online, even if you are not a current NSPS member.  View back issues. Link to sign up:   http://multibriefs.com/optin.php?nsps

ACSM Radio Hour

Each Monday at 11 AM:  This weekly show features national speakers with Host Curt Sumner on key issues affecting surveyors nationwide.  Listen live, 11 AM Eastern:  www.americaswebradio.com    Click the listen icon on the home page


Past Shows:   http://www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/ACSM.php

Key Dates

See  www.malsce.org  for details


7/25/2013:  Deadline for written comments to be submitted to Board of Registration on proposed revisions to 250 CMR:: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/en/


7/26/2013:  Public Hearing on proposed license fee increases:  http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/docs/dpl/notice-pub-hearing-openvtah.pdf


8/1/2013: TECET Night at the Lowell Spinners: http://www.engineers.org/index.cfm/page/Join-TECET-for-a-Lowell-Spinners-Baseball-Game/cdid/11018/pid/10225


8/28-31, 2013 Surveyors Rendezvous Events, Old City Philadelphia, PA, http://www.surveyorsrendezvous.org/#!events/c10d6


9/10-12, 2014:  Northeast Surveying Societies Conference and Convention, VSLS 50th Anniversary Celebration, 2014 NESS Meeting & Conference, Sheraton Conference Center, South Burlington, VT,  http://www.vsls.org/


9/27/2013: Save the Date: MALSCE Seminar:  Evolution of the National Spatial Reference System/Using and Understanding OPUS


10/12/2013: Save the Date: MALSCE PLS and SIT Exam Refresher Courses


Edited by Abbie Goodman for MALSCE, agoodman@engineers.org




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